05 11 / 2012
Why This Startup Is Gung Ho for Movember
In April our startup lost a great fan. His death was a major shock and blow to the whole OmbuShop team. He was so full of life and optimism, a true mentor and a believer in what we were doing.
This loss is one of the reasons we’re taking Movember very seriously and hoping to raise as much money as possible. Movember aims to bring awareness to men’s health issues; its participants seek out sponsors in their “race” to grow the best moustache in town (or in the world, more like).
From the Movember site:
The truth is, men are often known to be more indifferent towards their health when compared to the efforts of women, who proactively and publicly address their health issues in a way not traditionally seen with men. As a result, today the levels of awareness, understanding and funding for men’s health issues, like prostate cancer, lag significantly behind other causes.
It’s hard to keep life from distracting us from one of the most important things: our health. I am 100% guilty of that and have my own issues because of it. It’s not until things are bad - and I mean really, truly bad - that we stop everything and start paying attention. Unfortunately it tends to be way too late.
Listen Up Entrepreneurs
Working day and night on your startup? You should be more conscious of your health than anyone. That drive so common among entrepreneurs pushes us to work more, rest less, and put everything that isn’t about growth on the back burner.
You can’t fix health problems like you can fix a bug in your code. Go out and exercise. Pay attention to your body’s signals. Make sure you have insurance so you don’t find yourself in a situation in which you feel like you can’t go to the doctor. GO TO THE DOCTOR if you need to. I can’t think of many things worse than working this hard and not being able to enjoy the results later.
Ernesto, OmbuShop’s CEO and my main squeeze, shaved off his beard on November 1 and is already raising money. As you can read on his Movember profile, Ernesto’s personal goal is to raise awareness about lung cancer and hypertension. All donations great and small make a difference, so help Ernesto and the OmbuShop team reach our goal of $500 by donating today!
(Here’s Ernesto with a past moustache; this time we’re going for more!)